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Steps Toward Adoption
If you are thinking about adopting a new family member, you have come to the right place! Helping Hands Humane Society (HHHS) takes in over 9,000 animals in a year. Whether you are looking for a canine, feline or even a hand-held pet, we are sure to have a new best friend for you.
HHHS employs trained Adoption Counselors to assist you with selecting the right pet for your family and lifestyle.
Our experienced staff works with potential adopters to make sure we are placing animals in the appropriate environments and to ensure lifelong matches.
We invite you to walk through our kennels and to view our animals available for adoption. We always have a wide variety of pets. We are sure to have at least one you will fall in love with!
Please be advised that the adoption process can take a minimum of one hour. Adoptions end 30 minutes before the shelter closes everyday. The following steps are necessary for adoption through HHHS:
1. Walk through the kennels to get an idea of which pets you may be interested in visiting. Please do not touch the animals as you walk through the kennels. Disease can be spread very easily with your hands if you touch animal to animal.
2. Keep an open mind! Don’t judge an animal by the way it acts in the kennel. Remember, these animals are in an unfamiliar place that is stressful to them. Some dogs bark simply because they are excited to see you and want attention, but this doesn't mean they will always bark at home.
3. Before you can visit with any of the animals you have seen, you must fill out an adoption profile
. Adoption Profiles must be approved by an Adoption Counselor. The profile helps the Adoption Counselor learn more about your lifestyle and needs so they can match you to the right pet. Your profile will be kept on file for 90 days.
4. After your profile has been approved, an Adoption Counselor will bring the animal you have selected into a “Get Acquainted Room” where you can visit with the animal. We ask that you bring your children and other family members to meet with the animal to ensure that it is a good match. Most of our animals come to us as strays and we know little about them or their history. We cannot always be sure on how they will blend with children, other family members, and other animals in your household. We do not want to put anyone in a risky situation at home.
5. Once you have found the right pet for your family, there is additional paperwork and fees that must be paid to finalize an adoption. All animals adopted from HHHS will be delivered to a veterinarian in the Topeka area for sterilization before they may go to their new home. It is our policy to deliver all animals to the veterinarian’s offices for this procedure. Animals that come to the shelter already spayed/neutered may go home the day of
6. Lastly, enjoy the new member of the family! They brought us plenty of happiness while they were in our care, and we know they will bring you an entire lifetime of joy!
The adoption fee for dogs is $50. All unsterilized dogs will require a $100 sterilization deposit (sterile deposits are required by Kansas state law) to be collected at the time of adoption. This deposit is applied to the sterilization of the animal. A voucher will be provided to the veterinarian’s office when your new pet goes for its sterilization appointment. The voucher will be deducted from the veterinarian’s sterilization charge and you are responsible for any additional costs due to the veterinarian at the time of service. If you request additional services from the veterinarian such as a rabies vaccination, etc., the costs for these procedures are also due to the veterinarian at the time of service.
All cats have an adoption fee of $99. Cats are sterilized, vaccinated, wormed and feline leukemia tested prior to adoption. As an adopter, you will simply need to get a rabies vaccination as well as begin basic veterinary care with your new cat once adopted.
We also offer and recommend microchipping to any pet adopted from HHHS
$25 - Microchip implant as a permanent form of identification that even the trickiest of cats and dogs can’t lose!
Adoption fees for other types of animals:
$ 5 - Rodent
$10 - Rabbit
Price varies - Domestic Bird
$40 - Ferret, Reptile
We hope to see you soon at Helping Hands Humane Society!
Open until 7pm on Thursday
Sunday 1-6pmDogs and cats entering the shelter are given vaccinations upon arrival to help prevent them from getting sick. Unfortunately, it takes a vaccination 24 hours or more to boost the immune system. During this time frame, an animal can be exposed to different viruses or diseases such as kennel cough. We do our best to treat every animal when they show signs of illness, but many times they are adopted first.
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